Desktop Virtualization

Desktop Virtualization covers VDI (centrally hosted desktops), Desktops as a Service (DaaS), desktop virtualization via client side hypervisors, and shared server technologies. Major areas of focus include when and where centralized desktop offerings are appropriate and not appropriate, (Read More)

how management of remote desktops combined with management of mobile devices leads to a better managed and more productive end user computing environment, how to deliver the performance that end users require, and the impacts of using remote desktop technologies upon organizational security. Covered products and vendors include the VMware Horizon Suite, Horizon View, Horizon Mirage, VMware ThinApp, Citrix XenServer, Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenClient, and Microsoft Remote Data Services.

News: Virtualizing the Last Mile

OpenStack LogoThere is a class of applications that are extremely difficult to virtualize. This group consists of graphics intensive applications such as ProEngineer, Photoshop, and pretty much anything that requires a  Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) to perform well. Graphics intensive applications make up a list of applications that are usually too big or expensive to virtualize. The last mile so to speak. This is NO longer the case. With NVIDIA’s announcement of the NVIDIA VGX Cloud Platform. This and other classes of applications can now be virtualized. Continue reading News: Virtualizing the Last Mile

AppSense Hints at Future Direction with UV Suite 8.4, Data Locker and RAPsphere Acquisition

AppSense_Company_Logo_100x30Much of the recent buzz around AppSense from AppSense Labs,the research division at AppSense that is responsible for StrataApps, DataLocker and DataNow, its hot new tools to support user installed applications and provide increased security in consumer cloud services. Nevertheless, AppSense has not forgotten its roots and has recently released a major update to its core user persona management platform UV Suite. Continue reading AppSense Hints at Future Direction with UV Suite 8.4, Data Locker and RAPsphere Acquisition

And then there were three – NxTop Enterprise morphs to XenClient Enterprise

DesktopVirtualizationLike waking up from a scene in a night’s dream where you were on a lovely walk, to find yourself stood outside of your now locked hotel room wearing nothing but your underwear, NxTop customers and resellers may well view the purchase of Virtual Computer by Citrix with a chill, heart-quickening, “right then, what next”?

Virtual Computer’s free offerings are no longer available, NxTop Enterprise edition gets a modest per user price increase. Support is still available. It is likely any road-map will take a wobble. What is now XenClient Enterprise is one of three client hypervisor versions that are offered by the application delivery leader who was, up until Friday, ‘the investing competition’.

Virtual Computer was a leader in the Type I client hypervisor delivery platform: although to be fair, it wasn’t a big race card.  In comparison to its cousin XenClient, at technical level it had better instance management options, a pre-packaged virtual machine instance with Chrome and Citrix Receiver, far wider hardware support and integrated systray tools within Microsoft Windows VMs. The latest 4.0.6 released earlier this month, continued  a steady improvement in management options for configurations. More importantly for the enterprise – Virtual Computer had the better links than the with hardware manufacturers with a strategy to integrate new hardware releases in weeks rather than months. Perhaps most interestingly, NxTop was highlighted as an solution that strongly aligned with Intel’s Intelligent Desktop Virtualisation (IDV).

VDI too expensive? VDI too remote? Have you considered IDV – manage centrally, run locally?

Yet despite innovation awards, the client-side hypervisor leader found it hard to gain momentum. Talking to CIO/CTOs the technology and you come across a number of obstacles in new accounts. Where does it fit with a BYOD strategy? What advantage does it offer over solutions such as LANDesk, Dells’ KACE or Microsoft’s SCCM? Will it run on a Mac? How does it deliver to my tablet?

The integration time for XenClient Enterprise likely to be 12-18 months. If you’re running  NxTop now, how will that impact your roll-out or continued delivery?  If you dismissed XenClient and went XenDesktop – should you stop? How could Citrix accommodate a product that can be pitched directly against XenDesktop and VDI-in-a-box? Why and will Citrix embrace IDV?

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Citrix acquires client hypervisor leader Virtual Computer

Virtual_Computer100x30Citrix CEO Mark Templeton has confirmed Tuesday’s leaked story by announcing that Citrix has acquiring client hypervisor segment leader Virtual Computer. Templeton followed up the announcement with the news that Citrix would be introducing a new client hypervisor solution XenClient Enterprise, making it Citrix’s second standalone client hypervisor product following up from the security hardened XenClient XT. Continue reading Citrix acquires client hypervisor leader Virtual Computer

Desktone v5 angling to hook Service Providers from Citrix’s FlexCast

desktone100x30Just in case Citrix doesn’t have anything to talk about next week at their San Francisco Synergy, Desktone release v5.0 of their Desktop-As-A-Service platform. Previous releases focused on delivering a VDI environment (i.e. instances of hosted desktop  OSes): with the v5.0 release, Desktone have architected a platform to allow resellers and service providers to deliver and support heterogeneous end user-environments. With a  Desktone v5 platform, it is possible to deliver:

•    Hosted Full-Featured VDI:  to allow delivery of a desktop OS that replicates the experience of a physical Windows or Linux desktop. Continue reading Desktone v5 angling to hook Service Providers from Citrix’s FlexCast

AppSense StrataApps – to self install apps, or not to self install apps, that is the question

AppSense_Company_Logo_100x30AppSenseLabs have released StrataApps, their long anticipated User Managed Applications Solution. StrataApps enables you to:-

  • introduce your own applications into your desktop even in a locked-down corporate desktop and without the need for Administrative Rights
  • Create a self-service ‘Follow-Me Applications’ set between various computing devices.

While newer tablet and smartphone devices have given users a very slick application discovery and installation method, PC environments have not been as quick to catch up.  For home users, application conflicts and issues can arise when different versions of applications, or similar applications are installed. For corporate users, user self-installation is fundamentally a dark, unhappy place with issues around support, stability and licensing: in a corporate environment it is often easier to decree user installed applications is impossible.

And yet, it could be so much easier – for home and corporate users – if there was a facility to install an application in such a way that it integrates into your existing environment but could cleanly be removed at any time – not only uninstalling itself, but  returning your environment back to the point it was before the installation.

Good things come to those who wait. Have AppSenseLabs released a proper reward for patience with  StrataApps? It is very likely you don’t have user installed applications now: has the time taken for delivery of a user-installed tool been too long? Has the moment passed? What does StrataApps do, and what does it not do?

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